Every Florida company must have a registered agent. The agent is the public face and responsible for receipt of important tax and legal documents. Only the agent's information will appear online the first year. Starting the second, additional information must be provided on the annual report. If formed correctly, however, you can limit the information appearing online. This means you can form an anonymous LLC in Florida with our service.
The largest reason not to is because the agent's information appears online. If you're an online or home based business, this means your home address will appear online. If you have a physical location, then every time you change addresses you will need to update your information or risk missing important documents.
Another reason is because a company's registered agent can receive potentially embarrassing information. Do you want to be served court or tax documents in front of employees, friends or colleagues? Further, if you are not always at the registered office address, then you risk missing time sensitive documents. For example, you may be served for an accident at your property, but not realize it. In such a case the clock begins ticking without you realizing it - effectively leaving you behind on important matters.
What you probably don't know is national registered agents often contract local providers such as us to fulfill their orders. This means national agents simply repackage and upsell what you can receive from our service. Why pay double or triple what we offer for the same service? We offer personalized and specialized service. We know Florida laws in and out. No getting stuck with a call center who knows nothing about your Florida LLC or Corporation. We get it right everytime.
Having a qualified registered agent maintains your company's good standing classification with Florida. Some companies may choose to designate an individual to serve the role of registered agent, however enlisting a professional Florida Registered Agent Service offers these benefits:
Whether you are running a business or interested in the privacy offered by an LLC, you want to make sure your registered agent choice is competent and experienced. Doing so will free you up to focus on more important matters and save you from costly mishaps and penalties.
Florida requires the designation of a registered agent in Florida for all Corporations and LLCs operating within the state. This also applies to any business registered in another state that will be operating within Florida and registering as foreign entities.
Your registered agent service must be available to carry out the following responsibilities:
These are the official responsibilities of the Florida registered agent. In some cases, your registered agent may be responsible for additional services if determined between you and the agent. These might include filing registration forms before appropriate deadlines, license renewals, annual report assistance, mail scanning, answering your phone, maintaining your virtual office and more.
In order to be eligible to serve as a registered agent in Florida, you must either be a Florida resident or Florida company. Out of state companies and individuals cannot perform this function. They must be in state with a functioning business address.
If you designate a company for this role, that company must be authorized to conduct business in Florida. Your registered agent must also maintain a physical address in Florida. This cannot simply be a post office box or private mailbox. Additionally, the registered agent, or an employee of the agent, must maintain regular business hours during which they are available for in-person receipt of documents.
If you live in Florida and wish to serve as your own registered agent, you have the option to do so. However, many choose to designate a professional registered agent service for the following reasons:
Your Florida company must maintain a registered agent to remain active. However, simply choosing the cheapest registered agent in Florida can get you into trouble down the road.
The smartest and safest choice you can make for your registered agent is a local and professional service such as ours. You will know that your entity's legal notices are handled promptly and correctly.
With us you have a professional partner working on your behalf, which means not having to constantly check in to make sure matters are being taken care of the right way. Everything is done correctly the first time.
We include your first year of registered agent service if we form your LLC. Every company must maintain an agent and we recommend using a professional service to keep your personal details private. Otherwise, if you act as your own agent, then your details will be searchable on Sunbiz.
Our Florida incorporation service includes the first year of registered agent service. We will file your Articles of Incorporation, act as your agent, draft bylaws, organizational minutes and a share subscription agreement. In future years, we will remind you about your annual report to keep you in good standing. With our Florida agent service you can avoid being served in front of employees or families.